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Joining NYS 4-H is simple

Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension for information.

What can 4-H do for my child? 4-H helps make learning come alive, enriching traditional education with project work and hands on activities.  4-H  camps, afterschool programs, and clubs choose projects that youth are interested in.  New York State has more than 150 4-H projects to choose from. These projects are both educational and practical. Your child may attend regular meetings, be involved in public speaking and community service activities, or serve as a club officer.     4-H also serves military families.

How much does it cost to join 4-H? Participating in 4-H costs very little. Programs may charge a small enrollment fee. Individual clubs may charge dues to cover expenses, and some project areas, such as photography and livestock, may require a small investment for supplies and equipment.

When my child joins 4-H, do I have to become a leader?  In some cases, volunteering will make sense and be beneficial to your family.  Parents don’t have to become 4-H leaders when their child joins a 4-H club, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of parents or other adults. This help can range from being a project leader, to driving members to activities, to supplying refreshments for a meeting.  Other opportunities like 4-H Afterschool, and camps require different parent involvement.